The Palissimo Company Dances In The Raw [Berkshire on Stage]

February 1st, 2017, 3:00 pm by Greg

By Larry Murray

If you love dance of the adventurous, daring and unexpected sort, this may be a highlight of the winter. With just over 100 seats available in the intimate UAlbany Performing Arts Center, this will offer an opportunity to see the performers up close and personal. Not only that, but during the extended program there will be opportunity for dialogue between artists and audience. Here are the essentials:

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Presented under the auspices of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Palissimo Company is slated to perform at 7:30pm on Friday (February 3). The company will perform “Bastard,” a work of dance, live music and spoken word that is loosely inspired by “The Painted Bird,” the harsh and controversial 1965 wartime novel by expatriate Polish writer Jerzy Kosiński.

The performance is the fourth offering in the Dance in Albany series, a joint series sponsored by The Egg, UAlbany Performing Arts Center and Massry Center for the Arts at St. Rose. It will be performed In the Raw, a format conceived and implemented two seasons ago.

In the Raw features companies in studio performances of their work. This format strips down the production values so that the essence of the dance is brought to the forefront. “When you watch great dancers from a distance — say two dozen rows back from the proscenium stage — you admire their craft. When you watch them from a few feet away, you fall in love,” claimed Tresca Weinstein in The Times Union about the inaugural performance of the series.

The artistic director and artists will participate in a Q&A with the audience following the performance. There will also be a post-show reception in the lounge furthering the opportunity for conversation between spectators and performers.

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